Madison Cox on Taking Up the Baton From Pierre Bergé

MARRAKESH, Morocco — Until the death of Pierre Bergé last month, Madison Cox was best known as a gifted — though ultradiscreet — landscape gardener with a list of clients including Marella Agnelli, Michael Bloomberg and Sting.
News that he tied the knot with Saint Laurent’s longtime companion and business partner in March raised his public profile a notch. Now the 59-year-old finds himself thrust into the limelight as president of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, in charge of preserving the legacy of fashion’s most famous power couple.
The elegant, quietly spoken Cox assumed the mantle with the inauguration earlier this month of the Yves Saint Laurent museum in Marrakesh, where he has lived part-time for the better part of two decades. He is also president of the Fondation Jardin Majorelle, which runs the neighboring garden, bought by Saint Laurent and Bergé in 1980.
Cox has been less involved with the Yves Saint Laurent museum in Paris, inaugurated last month, and admits he is still working out how to balance his passion for gardens with his new responsibilities.
Here, Cox talks about taking up the baton from Bergé, learning how to run a museum and coping with his newfound fame:
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